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Carthay Circle Lounge at Disney California Adventure Park Named ‘Best Cocktail Bar’

posted on March 4th, 2014 by Pam Brandon, Disney Parks Food Writer


Nightclub & Bar Media Group has named Carthay Circle Lounge at Disney California Adventure park “Best Cocktail Bar” in its annual Nightclub & Bar Awards, “the best and brightest movers and shakers in nightlife.”

“Receiving this award means the recipient has demonstrated the skill and innovation needed to succeed and excel in this highly competitive business,” says Jon Taffer, president of Nightclub & Bar Media Group.

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Cocktails at Carthay Circle Lounge are handcrafted by mixologists with attention to detail, from unique glassware, gourmet garnishes to drink-specific ice. Classics like a Manhattan, Pisco Sour and Negroni are the foundation, with inventive Carthay Circle creations like the Tequila Daisy with an edible viola flower and the Sparkling Mare made with Iron Horse sparkling wine. California craft beers and world-class wines round out the drink menu.

And the setting is part of the charm, in a building inspired by the original Carthay Circle Theatre in Hollywood with Spanish Revival architecture and an interior that tells the story of the relationship of Carthay Circle Theatre to the Walt Disney Company, with photos and artifacts from the 1937 premiere of “Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs,” Disney’s first feature-length animated film. The interior of the 68-seat bar and wine lounge is reminiscent of the grand palace movie days.

A delicious menu pairs well with the classic cocktails. Divided into Bites and Snacks, Rolls, Small Plates and Desserts, tastes range from Santa Monica deviled eggs with smoked salmon to duck confit sliders with apricot conserve, watercress, crisp onions and Taleggio cheese.

The lounge is open daily from 11:30 a.m. until park closing.

Here’s a recipe for one of our favorite cocktails:

Double Pear Martini

Serves 1

  • 1 ounce Double Cross vodka
  • 1 ounce Absolut Pears vodka
  • 1 ounce Kern’s Pear Nectar
  • 1/2 ounce fresh lime juice
  • 1/4 ounce Monin agave nectar
  • Garnish: 1 Chilean baby Pear

1. Pour all ingredients into a mixing glass. Add ice and shake for 10 seconds. Strain into a chilled martini glass and garnish with a Chilean baby Pear.

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3 Comments

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Loren from CA on March 4th, 2014 at 1:37 pm

What I love about the Carthay Circle Lounge is that you could be running around right outside and feeling all stressed out and gross. Then, you walk into the Lounge and you feel like you’ve suddenly dressed up and walked backwards in time into old Hollywood. It’s so chill and cool. It’s amazing.

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Jennie from CA on March 5th, 2014 at 2:47 am

Our favorite bartenders, Ashlianne and James never fail to keep us happy and entertained. Carthay is a must stop every trip to DCA.

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Jason on March 5th, 2014 at 3:53 pm

We dropped in here twice on our visit last week — once for dinner and the next evening for cocktails, appetizers, and people-watching. A really nice way to cool your heels after a long day in the parks! I recommend the Ginger Rogers cocktail (not to be confused with a Roy Rogers!).

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